(noun, verb)


1. an established custom

- it was their habit to dine at 7 every evening

Similar word(s): wont

Definition categories: thought, custom, tradition

2. (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition

- owls have nocturnal habits

- she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair

Similar word(s): use

Definition categories: act, custom, usage, usance

3. a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order

Definition categories: man–made, attire, dress, garb

4. the general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal)

- a shrub of spreading habit

Definition categories: process, development, growing, growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny

5. attire that is typically worn by a horseback rider (especially a woman's attire)

Definition categories: man–made, attire, dress, garb

6. excessive use of drugs

Definition categories: act, abuse, misuse

Sentences with habit as a noun:

- It’s become a habit of mine to have a cup of coffee after dinner.

- By force of habit, he dressed for work even though it was holiday.

- It’s interesting how Catholic and Buddhist monks both wear habits.

- The new riding habits of the team looked smashing!

- He has a 10-cigar habit.


1. put a habit on

Definition categories: body, apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog